Saint-Etienne head coach Christophe Galtier admitted that his side deserved to be beaten by Toulouse, who won Sunday's clash at Stadium Municipal 2-1.
Saint-Etienne took the lead through midfielder Loic Perrin's header, but Danish forward Martin Braithwaite equalised soon afterwards and Wissam Ben Yeder grabbed a winner in the second half, both from free-kicks.
"This match can be summed up by the three set-pieces," said Galtier. "When we managed to create danger, we couldn't finish our chances. TFC merit their victory.
"We need to improve in many respects. Going forward our performance was average. By not taking our chances we exposed ourselves to Toulouse's quality from dead balls.
"There should be new players coming in but until they have signed we can't say anything. What is certain is that the club is working to recruit attacking players."
"We needed to restart on the same dynamic as at the end of last season, inject life into our campaign with a victory in this match. That was important for us," said Toulouse boss Dominique Arribage.
"Going behind against a good Saint-Etienne side was not the best way to begin but we managed to turn the match around from set-pieces. In terms of quality of play, spirit, my players showed up well."